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    I just wanted a flip face helmet and to ride with the folks in all the funny gear

    And H showed up on her Roadster instead of her HD...time to try a funny looking bike!
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    I've loved BMWs ever since I wanted to buy a brand new 1972 R75/5 and couldn't afford the $1800 price tag. I had to settle for a 1972 Yamaha XS650, which was also a fine motorcycle. The boxers have always been my favorites but I do have two other non-boxers: A wedge 1200 and a brick 1200.
    2000 K1200RS, 2001 R1200C, 2004 R1100S, 2005 K1200S, 2018 R9T

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    WHY is a good question? It was 2001 and after raising a family I wanted to get back into riding again. My dad wanted to sell his 1973 R75/6. I rode it for three years but just did not care for it, too much maintenance. I sold it. The spring of 2005 working in Tacoma I stop at the BMW shop. They had 2004 models on a good deal bought a '04 R1150R [the silver fox]. Loved that bike, so much better that the R75/6. Just needed bags , a good windshield and heated grips. I sold it at the Redmond ,OR. rally. Now on my third BMW an '07F800ST.

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    My brother wanted the K100RS when they were first introduced. I had had Kawasaki's for a few years but when I saw the K100RS for the first time I knew I had to have one. Since that first BMW it's been the BMW community as much as their bikes that has kept us on BMWs.
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    Peer pressure..
    Most of the guys and gals I was riding with ride them !
    Loving it now also !
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    I only owned Kawasaki's before getting the BMW. My chiropractor and friend Stan Botway owned and rode BMWs for decades all over hell and creation and it impressed the hell out of me. I almost bought his R1100RT when he stopped riding and I regret it. I got my R1200RT instead. Anyway, Stan is one of the reasons I got it. That and serendipity. I tried other brands and one of the dealers sold BMWs too. I wanted to try the K1200LT, but it was EOL and he didn't have any left, but had a leftover RT. I tried it and liked it. If it wasn't for Stan, I wouldn't have been open to owning one.
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    I had decided that once my kids were out of the house and well on their own, my wife and I would get back into motorcycling as I’ve had bikes, in one form or another, most of my life. We both love to travel and explore this country via the roadways. I also wanted a machine that was both comfortable and dependable for long distances. When it came down to make a purchase the final choice was between a K1200LT and a Goldwing. We test rode both and chose the KLT hands down for comfort and style. As I got older the LT became a bit too much to handle in slow or stop and go traffic, especially when fully loaded, so I had it converted to a trike. We use the KLT for the long distance trips of usually more than 4 days or when hauling the Aspen camper. But I did miss the 2 wheel experience occasionally and I still wanted to do some shorter distance traveling closer to home so the RT fit that billet perfectly. Now we use the RT for day trips of those 3 days or less. IMO these are the best and most dependable for our traveling enjoyment…….
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    Quote Originally Posted by 75450 View Post
    I've loved BMWs ever since I wanted to buy a brand new 1972 R75/5 and couldn't afford the $1800 price tag. I had to settle for a 1972 Yamaha XS650, which was also a fine motorcycle. The boxers have always been my favorites but I do have two other non-boxers: A wedge 1200 and a brick 1200.
    BTW, I wouldn't have BMWs if it wasn't for the local BMW dealer, IronHorse M/C. I like the owner and his entire staff. It is a small dealership, especially when compared to other mega m/c dealerships in the area. The next closest BMW dealer is 120 miles away, and it's an awful drive thru two large metropolitan areas -- no fun at all. I do all the minor maintenance stuff myself but rely on the dealer for the more complicated services.
    2000 K1200RS, 2001 R1200C, 2004 R1100S, 2005 K1200S, 2018 R9T

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    The year was 2011. After owning 7 Honda Gold Wings over many years, I was convinced that Honda was going to come out with a new generation Wing, so in August of 2011, I sold my Wing.

    I was bikeless in Arizona and my friend Bill (a long-time BMW rider) suggested I visit his favorite BMW dealer, Iron Horse BMW in Tucson. I replied, "There's no way I can afford a BMW." Having never been in a BMW dealer before, I was under the mistaken impression that they cost way too much.

    Well, I walked into Iron Horse and there was a beautiful 2012 R1200RT. It was love at first sight! The perfect motorcycle for me as it was less expensive than a new Wing and a lot lighter.

    I've been hooked on RTs ever since and how own a 2018 R1200RT in Mars Red.

    My only regret is that I didn't discover BMW motorcycle a whole lot earlier in my riding career.

    Hmmm...about that new R1250RT...

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